Medically Fragile Case Management Program

Medically Fragile Case Management Program

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The Medically Fragile Case Management Program provides Registered Nurse Case management/service coordination services statewide for children who are Medically fragile and their families via nine satellite offices. The case managers use a family centered approach to care, and through collaborative partnerships act as advocates, resource persons, facilitators, and paperwork coordinators for families. Case managers support parents as team leaders who address the day-to-day care of their child. The services in the community and through the Medically Fragile EPSDT and Medically Fragile Waiver support families in their decision to care for their child who is medically fragile in their home. (Christy Barden, Director; 272-2910; cbarden@salud.unm.edu )

During the 28 year history of the Medically Fragile Case Management Program (MFCMP), there have been advances in medical technology.  Technology along with the progress made by the disability rights movement allowed access to public education for all children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, including  children who are medically fragile, to a Free and Appropriate Public Education.

In November 2013, Case Manager, Maggie Nechvatal and Program Director, Christy Barden, embraced the opportunity to represent the work of our Family Advisory Board (FAB) along with the efforts of MFCMP program and state agencies, to show the strong support provided to all of our consumers.  The work evolved into a poster board presentation for the annual AUCD Conference, Association of University Centers Disabilities. This years theme was Promoting Inclusion in an Increasingly Diverse World.